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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

6 July 2015 19:15

François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande was keen to stress that the door remained open to… Continue reading

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Time running out for a Greek deal warns Osborne

6 July 2015 17:56

Right now, Britain is sitting on the side-lines waiting to see if there is, to use George Osborne’s phrase, an ‘11th hour’ deal between Greece and the rest of the… Continue reading

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Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?

5 July 2015 23:28

Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No is leading 61% to 39%. The result is a massive… Continue reading

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a military welcome ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: Getty)

German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro

5 July 2015 21:22

Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared to have any further negotiations with the Syriza government. The… Continue reading

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Greek voters say Oxi, what will the Eurozone do now?

5 July 2015 19:59

With half the votes counted, the No side in the Greek referendum is leading by 61% to 39%. With this lead for No at this stage in the count, it… Continue reading

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Which way will Greece vote?

4 July 2015 17:49

This time tomorrow, we’ll have had the first projections from the Greek referendum. We will have an idea as to whether the country has said Oxi or Nai. At the… Continue reading

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Rachel Wolf, the founder of the New Schools Network.

Rachel Wolf to Number 10

1 July 2015 17:11

Good news for those who value the Michael Gove education agenda, Rachel Wolf — the founder of the New Schools Network — is joining the Number 10 policy unit. Wolf,… Continue reading

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Greece Calls For A Vote On Proposed Bailout

Greek referendum going ahead as Tsipras again urges No vote

1 July 2015 15:32

After much speculation that the Greek referendum was about to be cancelled, Alexis Tsipras has just appeared on Greek television to confirm that it is going ahead and to urge… Continue reading

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David Cameron at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow

1 July 2015 13:29

Harriet Harman began at PMQs by asking about the situation in Tunisia. The mood of the House was appropriately sombre as this issue was discussed and there was much agreement… Continue reading

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The Eurozone’s new strategy: hope for a Yes vote in Greece

29 June 2015 18:57

The question that will be on the ballot paper in Greece on Sunday is rather wordy, so European leaders have been trying to simplify it for Greek voters today. Their… Continue reading

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Cameron wants the UK to be more ‘intolerant of intolerance’

29 June 2015 16:23

The minute’s silence before David Cameron’s statement to the House gave proceedings in the Commons this afternoon a particularly sombre air. When Cameron spoke at the despatch box, he announced… Continue reading

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Greece Calls For A Vote On Proposed Bailout

Jean-Claude Juncker raises the stakes for the Greeks

29 June 2015 14:35

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has suggested that if Greece votes No in the referendum on whether to accept the terms of a bailout, it will be voting not… Continue reading

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If Greece leaves the Euro, Cameron should start the British renegotiation all over again

28 June 2015 20:42

Tonight, it is still not clear how the Greek situation will be resolved. The European Central Bank–which is desperate to avoid being dragged into the politics of this situation–has chosen… Continue reading

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Greece: ‘The crisis has commenced’

27 June 2015 20:56

Alexis Tsipras’ gamble in calling a referendum on the bailout deal has failed in two respects. First, it has not prompted Greece’s creditors to offer the country a better deal.… Continue reading

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Greece to hold referendum on bailout deal

26 June 2015 23:09

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just announced that there will be a referendum on the proposed bailout deal next Sunday, July 5th. He will ask for the current… Continue reading

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Foreign Secretary says that 5 Britons have died in terror attack in Tunisia

26 June 2015 19:19

Speaking after the government’s COBRA meeting, Philip Hammond has told the BBC that five Britons died in the terrorist attack in Tunisia. He has, though, warned that this death toll… Continue reading

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Islamic State marks ‘caliphate anniversary’ with multiple attacks

26 June 2015 16:33

Today’s attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait appear to be Islamic State inspired and designed to mark the first anniversary of its declaration of a new caliphate. I suspect, though,… Continue reading

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There’s no need for Cameron to rush the renegotiation process

25 June 2015 17:29

This EU Council has long been marked in Downing Street’s diary as the moment when David Cameron would tell other EU leaders what his renegotiation demands are. But tonight Cameron’s… Continue reading

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David Cameron at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

PMQs: some revealing exchanges from Cameron on tax credits, broadband and ‘the vow’

24 June 2015 13:09

In PMQs today, there was no sense of the drama going on outside in Central Lobby as disability campaigners attempted to enter the Chamber. But the exchanges were far more… Continue reading

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David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

‘No’ campaign coordinator pushes idea of two referendums

23 June 2015 12:56

Dominic Cummings is the man drafted in to put together the putative No campaign for the EU referendum. Cummings has a tendency to surprise and he has done that today… Continue reading

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Greece: The devil will be in the detail

22 June 2015 17:04

The Greek economy minister Giorgos Stathakis has told Robert Peston in an interview that the deadlock between Athens and its creditors has been broken, that $7.2 billion of funds should… Continue reading

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Greece may soon face a humanitarian crisis of its own

21 June 2015 15:39

Normally, the phrase ‘continent in crisis’ is hyperbole. But it seems appropriate today as we contemplate the situation Europe, and more specifically the EU, finds itself in. In the next… Continue reading

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Labour’s Blair problem

20 June 2015 10:41

Ed Miliband believed that after the financial crisis, Britain had moved to the left. He argued that there was no need to adopt all the Blairite positions to win. The… Continue reading

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The missing candidates in the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 17:29

This Labour leadership contest is almost as notable for who isn’t standing as for who is. First, there is the former paratrooper turned MP Dan Jarvis who declined to stand… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson confronted by a cabbie. Photo: The Sun.

Why Boris’s four letter word exchange with a Cabbie won’t do him much harm

17 June 2015 22:32

The Sun has video footage of Boris Johnson telling a Cab driver to ‘f— off and die’. Normally, this would sound pretty dire for a politician. But having watched the… Continue reading

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